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Using HMI lighting in high speed filming applications

Shooting at high frame rates requires substantial lighting levels which makes HMI sources an ideal choice. However, the process can reveal artefacts in the light which would not be apparent at regular shooting speeds. Dr Phil Ellams of Power Gems gets to the source of the potential issues and offers... Read Full Article

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End of an era: Longest-serving Power Gems employee retires

The longest-serving member of the Power Gems team is retiring. At the end of July, John Collins will be leaving after nearly 23 years with Power Gems. John, aged 70, joined in February 1995, and even though he has been with us for 23 years this is not his longest period of employment! He was ... Read Full Article

Taking off: Power Gems ballasts in China

Every Power Gems ballast is made by hand in Manchester, and most of them are shipped overseas. Or in this case, flown by air freight to China - the fastest route for distribution to lighting rental companies in Beijing and Shanghai. Winging their way to China, the substantial shipment from Power... Read Full Article

Fancy joining Power Gems? Recruiting at Manchester HQ

We are looking for an Electrical & Electronics Assembler/Packing Assistant to join the growing Power Gems team at our busy headquarters in Irlam, outside Manchester. Our UK headquarters are home to a team of fully qualified engineers and skilled assemblers who construct and test Power Gems pr... Read Full Article

The best throwback photo. Power Gems in 1997

The Power Gems Los Angeles facility relocated from Van Nuys to Santa Clarita in April. As part of the move, we were going through old storage cases and found these photos of Power Gems from 1997. In those days our American team were based in the industrious area of Los Angeles, Sun Valley. Mike N... Read Full Article

Power Gems ballasts at Matthews Garage Sale

Looking for the best deal on Power Gems ballasts? It turns out you needed to be at Matthews Garage Sale on Sunday 3 June – where there were deep discounts of up to 70% on a range of overstocked items from vendors including K5600, Kinotehnik, Hive Lighting, Litegear and Vocas. The best part?... Read Full Article